Tiffany Simon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics, focusing on comparative politics and the politics of the Middle East. Her research interests include political behavior, governance, and identity politics. Her dissertation examines the success and effects of policies aimed at increasing happiness in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Tiffany is also involved in projects on encouraging civic engagement with policy actors in Pakistan to improve public school outcomes and understanding the relationship between poverty, identity salience and political behavior.   

Prior to starting her PhD, Tiffany was a senior research manager at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School and worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. Tiffany holds an MPA from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in political science and economics from UCLA.